Occupational Therapy (MOT)

During the first year of study, MOT students complete graduate courses about anatomy and neuroanatomy, followed by those describing how various illnesses and disabilities affect function. Students learn about the history and prominent theories of the profession, as well as the meaning and performance of one's daily activities through the lifespan.

course #course titlecredit hours
Summer Semester    
ANA 5420 Anatomy 5
OCT 5014 Introduction to Occupation 1
OCT 5963 Fieldwork Issues I 1
Fall Semester    
OCT 5011 Occupational Performance and Participation Throughout the Life Span 2
OCT 5800 Applied Kinesiology for Occupational Therapy 3
OCT 5101 Historical and Theoretical Foundations of Occupational Therapy Practice 3
OCT 5013 Occupational Analysis 2
OCT 5121 Impact of Human Conditions on Occupational Performance I 4
TOTAL   14
Winter Semester    
OCT 5123 Impact of Human Conditions on Occupational Performance II 4
ANA 5533 Neuroanatomy 3
OCT 5130 Human Interactions 2
OCT 5015 Impact of Environment on Occupational Performance 2
OCT 5174 Research Methods 4
TOTAL   16

Clinical training begins in the first year with faculty-suprvised, pre-service observation and interaction experiences in the community linked to required courses. Students must successfully complete all first year courses before advancing to the second year of study.

The second year of study is devoted to developing entry-level practice, research, and leadership skills for serving patients/clients, families, groups, populations, and organizations.

course # course title credit hours
Summer Semester    
OCT 6106 OT Practice for Mental Health and Wellness
Fall Semester    
OCT 6107 / OCT 6108
OT Practice with Children and Adolescents / OT Practice with Adults and Older Adults
OCT 6150 Professionalism and Management 3
OCT 6175 Research Development Seminar
TOTAL   17
Winter Semester    
OCT 6107 / OCT 6108
OT Practice with Children and Adolescents / OT Practice with Adults and Older Adults 12
OCT 6980 Fieldwork Issues II 1
OCT 6176 Research Practicum 2
OCT 6350 Professionalism and Leadership 2
TOTAL   17

Clinical training in the second year advances as each occupational therapy practice course is followed by two to three week fieldwork experiences in which students have hands-on practice with individuals, groups, and populations of all ages and in a variety of healthcare, social service, and educational settings. These Level I experiences are mentored by leading practitioners in occupational therapy and other disciplines serving community needs. Hands on opportunities in community organizations build students' leadership skills on their final fieldwork experience.

To complete the third and final year of entry-level study, students fulfill two three-month Level II fieldwork experiences to graduate. Here, students have the opportunity to choose the location and type of practice they wish to experience.

course # course title credit hours
OCT 6981 Fieldwork Experience II 12
OCT 6982 Fieldwork Experience II 12
TOTAL   24

Curriculum is subject to change as? directed by the department.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the examination by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After passing the Certification exam, graduates will be eligible to use the Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) title. In addition, most states require licensure to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. A felony conviction may affect the graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.

Additional Information

For more information, please call the Occupational Therapy Admissions Office at (954) 262-1101 or 877-640-0218.

Note: A prospective student should consult the university catalog. Should any discrepancies exist between the catalogue and this web page, the university catalog will be considered to be the official binding document.